W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 2

W&L Men's Basketball Game Notes - Week 2

Game 3: W&L (1-1, 0-0 ODAC) at Guilford (2-0, 0-0 ODAC)
Date: Saturday, November 23, 3:00 pm
Location: Greensboro, N.C.
Series Record: Guilford leads, 30-17

Game Notes

LAST TIME OUT  •   W&L 100, SVU 92 (11/16/13)
Sophomore forward Andrew Franz paced five Generals in double-figures with a career-high 32 points as Washington and Lee posted a 100-92 win over Southern Virginia in the consolation game of the W&L Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday at the Warner Center. Southern Virginia held a 26-23 lead with 9:22 left in the opening half, but the Generals used a 10-0 run over the next 3:45 to assume a 33-26 lead at the 5:37 mark. Senior forward Drew Kimberly keyed the run with four straight points and W&L maintained a five-point lead (40-35) heading into the break. Senior guard Kevin Gill and Franz hit consecutive three-pointers to start the second half, as the Generals' lead climbed to 11 points (46-35) at the 17:56 mark. The Knights chipped away at the W&L advantage, eventually cutting it to a two-point game (56-54) on a pair of free throws by junior forward Wesley Evans with 10:23 to play. Southern Virginia remained within striking distance until a 7-0 run gave W&L a double-digit lead (74-63) with 6:11 left in the contest. Southern Virginia never got closer than seven points (78-71) the rest away. W&L shot 53.4 percent (31-58) from the floor and drilled 30-of-39 (.769) free throws in the contest. Franz finished 9-of-16 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the line en route to posting his career-best game. He also claimed eight rebounds and five assists.  Kimberly also notched a career-high scoring total, posting 22 points, to go along with a career-high 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. He shot 8-of-11 from the floor. Junior forward Jim Etling notched a career-best 13 points and five assists, while Gill and junior guard Clay McLean chipped in 12 points each. Evans led Southern Virginia with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Preston Eaton tallied 20 points, while junior guard Chris Baker totaled 17 points and six assists. Sophomore center Ben Canevari added 11 points as well.

Washington and Lee won its third straight and ended the nine-game winning streak of 22nd-ranked Guilford, claiming a 62-58 victory over the Quakers on January 19, 2013, at the Warner Center. Guard Javon McDonald nailed seven three-pointers (7-of-9) to lead the Generals with 21 points. The seven triples tied a W&L record for three-pointers made in a game (done six times). W&L never trailed in the contest, and led for the final 15:13 of the second half. Guilford cut the Generals lead to two, 57-55, with 2:32 remaining in the game on a layup by senior guard Josh Pittman. After a turnover by the Blue and White, GC missed a jumper that would have tied the game. On the ensuring possession, guard Kevin Gill hit a three from the top of the key to push the advantage to 60-55 with 52 seconds left. Pittman responded with a layup, 60-57, and the Quakers immediately fouled to send Gill to the line for a 1-and-1. He missed the first, but guard Matt McCarthy sailed a pass out of bounds to give the ball back to W&L with 13 ticks on the clock. Forward Andrew Franz sealed the game, nailing two shots from the charity stripe to extend the lead to five (62-57). Guard Jarred Hinton split a pair of free throws with 0.3 seconds left to reach the 62-58 final. W&L had six turnovers and shot 37.9 percent (22-58) from the floor. The team made 12 three-pointers on 38.7 percent (12-31) shooting, but struggled from the foul line at 54.5 percent (6-11). McDonald drained six of his seven three-pointers in the first half and also finished the game with three rebounds, two assists and one steal. Franz netted 10 points, while grabbing five boards and dishing out three assists. Senior forward J.D. Ey just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds. He also added three blocks, two steals and two assists. Guilford ended the game at 39.3 percent (22-56) from the field, and connected on only 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) threes. The Quakers turned the ball over 11 times, but held a 38-34 advantage on the glass. McCarthy led GC with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting. He also totaled six rebounds, one steal and one assist. Pittman tallied 17 points and four assists, and forward Jake Hopkins recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Quakers won both of their games at their own invitational, including a 72-53 victory over William Peace in the championship game on Saturday. Guilford had a balanced scoring attack in the contest, with three players in double digits. First-year forward Trever Hyatt led the way with 18 points, junior guard Matt McCarthy had 12 and first-year forward Alston Furr totaled 11.  The Quakers are averaging 81.0 points per game on 46.8 percent (58-124) shooting. McCarthy leads the team in scoring at 17.5, while Hyatt is second at 14.5. Senior forward Jake Hopkins is averaging a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game, with Hyatt at 7.5. The Quakers take on Greensboro (Tuesday) and Averett (Wednesday) before hosting W&L on Saturday. Guilford leads the all-time series with the Generals, 30-17, but W&L claimed last year's match up, 62-58. The Quakers have won seven of the past 10 games in the series, and seven straight at home to the Blue and White. The Generals last won at Guilford on Dec. 3, 2003, 59-50, in coach Adam Hutchinson's first season.    

Adam Hutchinson (Amherst, '93) is in his 11th season as the head coach at Washington and Lee. He earned his 100th victory at W&L in the 2012-13 season-opening win against Tufts at the John K. Adams Tip-Off Classic. He now has a 113-149 (.431) record, and is the second coach in school history to reach the 100-win plateau. In 2011-12, Hutchinson passed Harry (Cy) Young for second all-time in coaching wins at W&L. The 2008 ODAC Coach of the Year, Hutchinson led his 2009 team to the ODAC Championship game for the first time since 1989. He is approaching his 150th career victory, as he has an overall record of 146-215 (.404) in his 14 seasons.

In the first two games of the season, senior forward Drew Kimberly registered a double-double in each contest. Against Ferrum on Friday, he tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds. In the victory over Southern Virginia on Saturday, Kimberly recorded a career-high 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. His previous best in points was 20, which he set last season at Eastern Mennonite, and he had grabbed 10 rebounds on two previous occasions. His three blocks against the Knights also set a new career high. Kimberly had totaled two blocks in a game five times. He garnered a spot on the W&L Tip-Off Tournament All-Tournament Team for his play. For the season, Kimberly is averaging 19.5 points per game on 71.4 percent shooting (15-21) from the field and 12.0 rebounds per game. He is fourth in the ODAC in field goal percentage, second in total rebounds and sixth in points per game.

In the victory over SVU on Saturday, sophomore forward Andrew Franz netted a career-high 32 points. He also tied a career-high with eight rebounds and dished out five assists. He shot 9-of-16 from the floor, 3-of-8 from behind the arc and went 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. His previous career high in points was 27, which he set last year against Emory & Henry. It marked the first time a W&L player eclipsed 30 points since Greg Bienemann '08 dropped 37 against Emory & Henry on February 17, 2008. In two games, Franz is averaging 22.5 ppg (second in the ODAC) on a 50.0 percent (14-28) from the field. He also totals 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Along with Andrew Franz and Drew Kimberly, senior guard Kevin Gill and junior forward Jim Etling set career highs against SVU. Gill distributed a personal-best five assists. His previous high was four assists in last year's season opener. Etling notched 13 points and five assists, which both marked career highs. Etling was nearly perfect on Saturday, as he shot 3-of-3 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line. His previous career-high in points was eight and in assists was two.

Out of Kevin Gill's 11 made baskets, six have come from behind the three-point arc. He is 6-of-17 from long range (35.3 percent) and 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) overall. He is second in the ODAC in triples made per game at 3.0. Gill came into the season with 95 career three-pointers and now has 101 in his four seasons, which is tied for ninth-most in W&L history. Chris Couzen '97 also totaled 101, while Javon McDonald is eighth all-time with 102. Gill is currently fourth all-time in three-point percentage at 39.1 percent (101-258).  

For the second consecutive season, W&L tallied 100 points in a game. Drew Kimberly split a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left in the contest against SVU to reach triple digits. The Blue and White connected on 31-of-58 shots (53.4 percent), 8-of-23 triples (34.8 percent) and 30-of-39 foul shots (76.9 percent) to beat the Knights, 100-92. The Generals last scored at least 100 points in a 102-73 victory at Methodist on November 20, 2012. W&L shot 52.6 percent from the floor (40-76) in that game, including 61.9 percent from beyond the arc (13-21).

With their 30-for-39 performance from the foul line, the Generals did something they haven't done in almost eight years. The last time a W&L team converted at least 30 attempts was in a 98-92 victory over Guilford on December 7, 2005. The Blue and White went 34-of-41 in that contest. The 39 attempts on Saturday were the most since the team connected on 26-of-39 foul shots in a 93-92 win against Eastern Mennonite on January 5, 2011. Andrew Franz led the team against the Knights, making 11-of-13 shots from the charity stripe.

Under coach Adam Hutchinson, the Generals are 7-3 in their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference game of the season. The team is 3-1 when its first conference game is at home and 4-2 on the road. W&L has won its last six league-openers overall. The last time the Generals opened their conference schedule with a loss was in a 63-58 loss to Randolph-Macon on December 2, 2006. Last year, W&L won at Shenandoah, 68-63. Forward J.D. Ey led the team with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

On Saturday, the Generals had five players in double figures for the first time in almost a calendar year. Andrew Franz led the way with 32, Drew Kimberly added 22, Jim Etling totaled 13, Kevin Gill notched 12 and junior guard Clay McLean had 12. The last time the team had five Generals reach double figures was in an 87-71 home victory over Averett on December 5, 2012. Gill led the team that night with a career-high 21. The victory over the Knights also marked the first time the team had two 20-point scorers in a game since Javon McDonald (23) and J.D. Ey (22) each eclipsed 20 points in a 93-89 double-overtime win over Juniata.

After starting five out of 45 games in his first two seasons, Clay McLean has been the starting point guard in each of the team's first two games. He is averaging 12.5 ppg on 64.3 percent (9-of-14) shooting in 24.0 minutes per game. McLean recorded 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Ferrum and had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting against SVU.